Update: U-RENDER v2021.9 – Now with Sheen and C4D R25 Support
This update to U-RENDER let’s you add sheen to your fabrics in real-time, support for Cinema 4D R25 and a few improvements.
High-Quality Real-time Rendering for Design, Animation, and Visualization
Based on the latest advancements in real-time rendering, U-RENDER integrates into traditional rendering pipelines and is designed to support and even replace offline CPU and GPU rendering solutions.
What’s new in U-RENDER 2021.9?
Sheen Effect for Materials
When speaking about materials, there is a huge, infinite amount of types, features and possibilities. Mentioning Sheen, we immediately think of textiles and clothes.
Why? Sheen simulates the lighting effect that is caused by small fibers or particles on surfaces. It basically allows you to create realistic shading for many materials like fabrics, skin or surfaces with layers of dust or pollen.
Why Sheen? The U-RENDER team is dedicated to keep the real-time dream growing. We constantly work on implementing new features, new plugins and more improvements. This feature is extremely beneficial to all character designers, motion designers and digital artists that want to achieve a realistic touch on surfaces.
Damask fabric pillow with Sheen Effect (model from cg-trader by Khachatur, texture from substance source).
Not Only Textiles
Sheen is a very useful light distribution function because it reproduces the behavior of lighting on certain materials in real life.
Light is not always spread across the surface in a smooth way, but also in microscopical structures, like fine filaments or hairs, typical of fabrics. A layer of dust on a metallic surface could also be replicated with sheen.
Examples of different materials with Sheen Effect (Antelope skull model from cg-trader by HQ3DMOD, vases and branches model from cg-trader by bentanji3dmodels).
Sheen is such a versatile feature that also can help you in abstract scenes and every time you need to spread the light in a different way.
Sheen used in an abstract scene.
Medical visualization is definitely another area where sheen’s all-round flexibility is very much appreciated.
Medical visualization test with Sheen Effect.
Sheen is implemented with energy conservation and will darken the diffuse light reflection. For this reason, it’s recommended to add at least one direct light source like Omni, Spot, Infinite or Area light in the scene. For more technical details, we suggest you take a look at the manual.
The materials you can boost with sheen are clothes, textiles like wool, cotton, velvet, damask fabric and all the other materials that have a microscopic hairy surface, like some types of leaves, skin, cells etc.
How does Sheen work in real-time?
Watch the tutorial to learn how to use Sheen in U-RENDER.
Cinema 4D R25 Integration
This release also introduces Cinema 4D R25 support and allows you to use textures from the new Asset Browser in U-Render materials and render settings.
A release is always a good opportunity to improve the overall workflow and solve some issues.
U-Render Press Release:
U-RENDER INTRODUCES A NEW FEATURE AND CINEMA 4D R25 VIEWPORT INTEGRATION
Klagenfurt, Austria – September 15th, 2021 – U-RENDER visual technology GmbH announced the latest update of U-RENDER, the real-time render engine fully integrated into Cinema 4D.
Release 2021.9 brings a new feature: Sheen Effect for Materials. Sheen is a very useful light distribution function for materials as it simulates the lighting effect caused by small fibers, facets or particles on surfaces.
It permits achieving more realistic shading for many materials like clothes, tissues like wool, cotton, velvet, damask fabric, rough leather, skin or surfaces with layers of dust or pollen and all the other materials that have a microscopic hairy surface.
Moreover, U-RENDER introduces Cinema 4D R25 support and allows using textures from the new Asset Browser in U-Render materials and render settings.
The new version of the real-time software also brings additional improvements, fixes and changes, as usual.
For instance, textures were searched in non-document paths first when providing a relative path. Now, thanks to the improvements of our developers team, the document path is searched first.
About U-RENDER visual technology GmbH
U-RENDER visual technology GmbH is a leading developer of graphics software for 3D rendering. U-RENDER is a high-quality real-time renderer for Motion Graphic, Design, and Visualization. It’s currently available for Maxon Cinema 4D, other integrations are on the roadmap. https://u-render.com/
Posted by Kim Sternisha